Hifiman B-stock sale: HE400SE for $79, Sundara $209, Etc

The official Hifiman online store is having a B-Stock Clearance sale that ships to USA, EU, UK, and Canada. As of the time of writing, they have these offers:

+ HE-400-SE for $79

+ HE-4XX for $89

+ Sundara for $209

+ Edition XS for $399

+ Ananda Non-Stealth for $429

+ Ananda Stealth for $509

FURTHER DOWN that page, they have sales on new condition products, including the wired DEVA for $159, the EF-400 for $529, the wired HE-R9 for $249, and the wireless HE-R9 for $439.

EVEN FURTHER DOWN over there, they have open-box deals, 28 of them as of the time of writing…

Tascam TH-300X Studio Headphones for $29

Good until Friday 12/30/22 at 8am ET or earlier if sold out, the Musician’s Friend daily deal is a recurring offer on their website, the new condition closed-back wired over-ear Tascam TH-300X studio headphones going for $29.

They also go by other names ~ in case the design looks familiar. I believe I had a CAD variant of these once upon a time, but I recall little and less about them.

Monolith Planar Headphones sale

Santa is a …Monolith and it’s bringing a Monolith headphone sale at the Monoprice website that among others includes:

+ M565C planar closed over-ears for $160

+ M570 planar open over-ears for $180

+ M1060 planar open over-ears for $240

+ M1060C planar closed over-ear for $250

+ M1070 open or M1070C planar over-ears for $280 each

+ M1570 open or M1570C planar over-ears for $380 each

+ Monolith AMT headphone for $700

+ five DAC/amps of the Liquid, Cavalli and THX kind

+ speakers and subwoofers as well

+ this is a limited time sale
+ I do not know the expiration date

Monday: refurb JBL Studio PRO wireless for $20 + S&H

A utilitarian bluetooth headphone of the USB-C charging kind is the Meh daily deal for Monday 12/19/22 in the eastern time zone!

It is the refurbished with a 90-day warranty JBL Studio PRO wireless going for $20 plus shipping. It is bluetooth 5 with USB-C charging but only supports the basic audio protocols (no apt-X/AAC). It promises over 50 of wireless playback time (if the stars align ~ as usual with these type of promises).

NOTE: nothing else is included apart from a USB-C charging cable.

In new condition it currently goes for twice the price at amazon.com where you can find over 2200 customer ratings with a 4.3 out of 5 average and 66 answered questions.

Beats Solo 3 (W1) Wireless On-Ears for $99

Yes, I know, “Beats and Bose, they break my audiophile bones” but for a limited tine, Amazon proper is offering the new condition Beats Solo 3 bluetooth closed-back on-ears, with the Apple W1 chip, in the black and gold color-schemes, for $99, with up to four per customer. The other two colors go for more…

Sunday: Senal SMH-1200 Studio Headphones for $50

Good until Sunday December 11 in 2022 at 11:59pm eastern time, you can get the new condition wired Senal SMH-1200 closed-back over-ear studio headphones for $50, in your choice of three color schemes.

They come with two cables, a carry pouch, and a 3-year warranty.

Sennheiser BF sale includes HD 560S for $150

The Sennheiser sale at Amazon includes many well-known non-Massdrop Sennheiser headphones, from the consumer and Momentum but also the open-back tiers! Among them you can find the plushy earpad HD-400S for $50, the open-back HD 599 SE for $90, some bluetooths, some earphones and TWs and also *drum roll* the open-back HD 560S for $150…

You can also find the HD560S for $150 at other authorized dealers such as B&H Photo and also at Adorama

Ends Thur 10am ET: Bose QC45 for $230 AC

In a flash sale that ends on Thursday 11/24/22 at 10am eastern (or earlier if sold out), B&H Photo of House New York is offering the new condition “white smoke” Bose QC45 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $230 after an automatic in-cart coupon. You don’t have to type a coupon code. While this offer is running, the coupon will be added when you “add to cart”.

PS: all apologies to the “Beats and Bose, They Break My Bones” crowd 😉

Philips Open-Back Sales (multilpe options)

Partaking in the Black Friday festivities is Philips with some of their open-back headphones at the Amazon website. Prices are as of the time of writing of this blog-post, and as always (and as with everything in life), they are subject to change at any time and for any reason 🙂

+ three models on the same listing:
++ SHP-9500 for $63~
++ SHP-9600MB for $75
++ SHP-9600 for $85

+ Fidelio X2HR for $125
+ on the same listing, Fidelio L2 for $64

+ renewed Fidelio X3 for $105 by marketplace seller (not Amazon proper) for $105
+ customer reviews say this renewed option does NOT include the balanced cable

+ new condition Fidelio X3 from the usual suspects (“Phototech”) for $155
+ “USED – Like New” from “Phototech” direct for $100

This last one is not open-back, but I didn’t want to create a separate post for it, it’s the new condition Fidelio L3 ANC/BT over-ears going for $150.

Sennheiser HD25 SE Closed On-Ears for $100

Sennheiser time at the Amazon Black Friday, a little bit of a deep cut type of a headphone. It is the new condition Sennheiser HD25 Special Edition going for $100. This is a closed-back wired on-ear headphone of course.

Lots of mainstream headphone at Amazon Gold Box

At the moment, it is a mainstream headphone brand party at the Amazon Gold Box. The sale includes Sony, JBL, Beats, Bose, PixelBuds and GalaxyBuds, Marshall, Logitech G headsets, budget top-selling brands, and lots more.

See them all at this headphone link

Monolith headphones on sale

Monoprice is running another set of Black Friday sales and they include a large number of their Monolith audio products. And among those are many of their headphone and related products including:

+ M565C closed planars for $185

+ M1060 open or M1060C closed for $250 each

+ M1570 open or M1570C closed for $380 each

+ M1070 open for $320, M1070C closed for $280
+ yes, there’s a price delta here between open and closed

+ and many more, can’t list them all

Monday: Shure SRH840 for $70, Klipsch, Bose

Monday November 21 in 2022 has an audio theme at the B&H Photo daily deals, with a trio of them:

+ Shure SRH-840 closed-back over-ears in new packaging for $70

+ Klipsch KD-400 2-Way Active Wireless Bookshelf Speakers for $149

+ Bose Soundbar 700 for $549 after coupon cart

Sunday: Ultrasone DXP Closed-Backs + Panther DSD DAC/Amp + Manfrotto Tripod for $850

Now that Massdrop is making Ultrasone great again with their launch, mayhaps this recurring bundle offer from B&H Photo will get extra looks? This is a daily deal, running until 11/20/22 at 11:59pm eastern or earlier if sold out. It’s another variant of the Ultrasone x Manfrotto bundle as follows, for $850:

+ Ultrasone Panther DSD DAC Amplifier

+ Ultrasone Signature DXP Closed-Back Stereo Headphones

+ Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Legs with Mid-Level Spreader (100/75mm Bowl)

+ Manfrotto 504X Fluid Video Head with Flat Base

As to why they keep bundling these? It shall remain a mystery ~ because the answer is probably more boring than the imagination – just like LOST 🙂

Bose QC45 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $249 [Prime]

Yes, I know, Beats and Bose they break my audiophile bones but if you are interested in the Bose QC45 ANC/BT over-ears and you are a Prime member [or you don’t object to starting a 30-day free trial), you can get it, in new condition, for $249 at Amazon by Amazon. It is available in four color schemes.

While at Amazon, of music interest, for $3 you can get the “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer” by Janelle Monae in the Kindle ebook format.

Sony WH-CH-710-N ANC/BT Over-Ears for $68

The latest Amazon USA Gold Box includes a Sony audio sale that includes the new condition closed-back ANC/BT over-ears that go by the name of WH-CH-710-N, going for $68 in two color options. Sold and shipped by Amazon proper.

Over there, they average 4.4 out of 5 based on over 20,000 customer ratings as of the time of writing and they have over 400 answered questions.

I haven’t seen or touched this model, but we had here, over four years ago, a text and pictures unboxing of the previous model, the WH-CH-700-N.

Basically these are a way for Sony to compete in the sub-$100 market segment where many alternative/unknown brands dominate (eg at Amazon’s website) with low priced options.

Saturday: Yamaha YH-E700A ANC/BT Over-Ears for $160

Good until 11/12/22 at 11:59pm central time, the Woot daily deals are having a mini Yamaha headphone sale that consists of exactly new condition two models with a 1-year Yamaha warranty:

+ YH-E700A ANC/BT over-ears for $160
+ two per customer
+ bluetooth 5 with apt-X and AAC
+ case, USB-C charging

+ YH-E700A truly-wireless for $40
+ BT5, apt-X, IPX5, USB-C, five color options

Koss KPH40X Utility Open On-Ears drop to $35

If you haven’t been keeping up, the KPH30i is now passe and there’s a new trendy Koss model with a higher model number 😉

Joking aside, the new condition KPH40X Utility lightweight Koss x Massdrop on-ears is on sale for $35 at the Massdrop website. This will ship in early December 2022 (it is not an in-stock drop).

What separates this from most headphones is the Koss “Utility Port” that works with 3.5mm or USB-C or Lightning cables (made by Koss). A 3.5mm cable is included in the package, along with three pairs of earpads (each set a different color).

Monday: refurbished Philips X3 Open Over-Ears for $100

Good until Monday 11/7/22 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if sold out) there’s a Philips Audio sale at Woot that includes, surprise-surprise, the factory reconditioned open-back over-ear wired Philips Fidelio X3 for $100 plus flat shipping (or free S&H for Prime members). It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty. Up to three pairs per customer.

If you are reading this in the future after the sale expired, and this hasn’t sold out, chances are it will be cycled/recycled in various other Woot Plus or daily deals until it is eventually depleted…

H&A Versa Professional Studio headphones for $40

If you are looking for a Sony MDR-V6/7506 type of a studio headphone, good until Thursday October 27 at 10am eastern in 2022, as one of their deals du jour, Adorama of New York is offering their new condition house-brand H&A Versa Professional Field and Studio Monitors for $40. They come with two cables (one coiled), and a 1/4″ adapter. They fold inwards.

Here’s a 93-second video promo for them from Adorama TV:

Bose QC45 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $249

It looks like this is a Bose-initiated promotion, because the price of their new condition QC45 ANC/BT over-ears is down to $249 at various authorized and reputable BOSE dealers such as Amazon and NewEGG and B&H Photo and Adorama and a few more, too many to list here individually…

PS: all apologies for triggering some head-audiophiles/phools by mentioning Bose 😉

Massdrop launched their own Prime deals (HD-8XX for $899, Etc)

Not to be outdone by Amazonia, Massdrop has launched their own Prime deals which include, among others:

+ Sennheiser HD-6XX for $219
+ yes, you could have had this for $199 pre-COVID, but unless you have a time-machine…

+ Sennheiser HD-8XX for $899

+ HELM AUDIO DB12 AAAMP THX AMP for $99
+ because a simple dongle is for the plebs!

+ Audio Technica AD-500X open over-ears for $69
+ yes, there are other open-back options under $100, it’s not just Sennheiser, Philips and Grado

+ SMSL SH-8s amplifier for $130

+ BeyerDee MMX 300 Premium gaming headset for $229

+ lots of keyboard-y things

+ find them all at the Massdrop Prime deals

Prime Early Access sale includes Sony, Beats, Bose, Apple headphones

If you a Prime member, today is DAY ONE of the Amazon PRIME early access sale and the sale includes a variety of consumer-popular headphones including:

+ BOSE QC45, 700, earphones
+ QC45 is $229, 700 is $269, Soundsport bluetooth earphones for $89

+ AirPods PRO (2nd Gen) for $235 or with AppleCare+ for $264

+ two pages of Beats offers including over-ear, on-ear and truly-wireless
+ yes, there’s even a Kim Kardashian option 🙂
+ some of them are bundled with AppleCare+

+ UPDATE: there’s a Sony wireless sale featuring the WH-1000X M5 for $348 , the WF-C500 for $58, and the LinkBuds S for $128

+ there are more headphones, time-permitting I will go through the offers and post new deal-posts about them!

IF you see anything you like (they even have the whole Samsung smartphone high-end line-up on sale), but you are not a Prime member, FEAR NOT, you can get the deals as long as you sign-up for a PRIME 30-Day FREE trial

PS: you can also find some of these by checking the Headaphone offers widget

Tuesday: Philips PH-805, Bose Soundlink II, Sony WF-1000X M4

Woot is back with a second day of tech deals. and once again, they have headphones in them, including:

+ Philips PH-805 ANC/BT over-ears for $55

+ Bose Soundlink II bluetooth over-ears for $125, two color options

+ Grade A refurbished Sony WF-1000X M4 truly-wireless for $145

+ Lenovo truly wireless for $12

+ Philips T1 ANC PRO+ truly wireless for $150

+ Klipsch and other speakers

Monday: PX7, WH-1000X M5, Airpods Max, 1More Quad, Etc

A Best Of Tech sale at woot for Monday 10/10/22 is actually an undercover headphone sale because it has four name-brand over-ears and four earphones. They are:

+ factory reconditioned Apple AirPods Max ANC/BT Over-Ears with 90-day Woot warranty for $355
+ limit two per customer

+ Bowers & Wilkins PX7 ANC/BT over-ears, new condition, for $200

+ open-box Sony WH-1000X M5 for $330 with 90-day Woot warranty

+ Steelseries Arctis Nova 1P multi-system for $40

+ 1more Quad Drive IEMs for $80

+ truly wireless from JBL, LG and Hyeing (first time I see this brand)

UPDATE: as have a music e-book in the Monday Kindle daily deals, for $2 you can buy “The Birth and Impact of Britpop: Mis-Shapes, Scenesters and Insatiable Ones” by Paul Laird. This is a new book, it came out in September 2022 from White Oak. It is around 19MB but it doesn’t state the page length. It averages 5 out of 5 based on five ratings…

Heads up: Massdrop 10 Year Anniversary Sale on Tue & Wedn

If you are a fan of some of the headphones sold at Massdrop, we have a heads-up alert for you! They are planning their 10-Year anniversary sale on Tuesday 10/11/22 and Wednesday 10/12/22!

The sale will include, among others:

+ Sennheiser PC 37X gaming headset for $69

+ Hifiman HE-4XX for $129

+ Hifiman HE-R7DX for $79

+ more sale items will be revealed per the link above
+ Massdrop is in the pacific time zone (Los Angeles time)

Koss Porta PRO X down to $29 [and IN-STOCK]

The headphone hobby can be prohibitively expensive for many people, but there are exceptions! One such exception is right here right now! The Massdrop variant of the Koss Porta PRO, the “X”, the old-school retro open-back on-ears is back in-stock at Massdrop and it’s on sale for $29! With the legendary KOSS limited lifetime warranty!

Shipping is free with orders over $125. Five of these can get you to free shipping. Give them as gifts, trade them, keep an extra pair for work, and so on!

These are an “in-stock drop”, so they ship in two business days after purchase. It’s not the “legendary” Massdrop long wait!

I have this but I haven’t prepared the unboxing post yet. I haven’t posted a headphone unboxing in two years. I’m a very productive audiophool blogger 🙂

Tuesday: Over-Ears sale: AUKEY ANC/BT and Senal Studio

For Tuesday October 4 in 2022, the Meh daily deal is a sale on the new condition AUKEY EP-N12 ANC/BT over-ear closed-back headphones for $24 plus shipping, or $39 if you buy two pairs. Shipping is free if you are paying member of the Meh website (sort of like their version of Prime).

For the same day, B&H Photo is offering for a limited time their new condition closed-back over-ear Senal SHX-800 Professional Monitor Headphones for $40. They come with 2-year warranty, two cables (one coiled), a carrying bag, and a storage box too!

Monoprice overstock sale includes 8323, Amplifiers, IEMs

Monoprice is back with another overstock sale and in the “Personal Audio” segment it includes a number of headphone-related products including:

+ the good old 8323 closed over-ears for $15
+ they now come with two cables, one with mic/remote
+ I had this a few years ago when it was riding the hype train, you certainly can’t go wrong for $15, considering you get two audio cables and a 1/4″ adapter
+ I haven’t posted an unboxing/review of this, but note that it expands a lot on your head (meaning that when you wear it you look like an android/robot from the 50s scifi movies), but it’s also not as big as it looks – of interest to those with big heads

+ THX AAA Monolith balanced headphone amp for $300

+ Quartet IEMs for $25
+ two balanced, two dynamic drivers
+ also for $25 is the Trio (1BA, 2DD)

+ there’s a few more headphone/audio related products as well as many tech things (cables, guitars, chargers, etc)

Bose QuietComfort 45 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $249

For a limited time (I do not know when the offer expires), New York’s B&H Photo is offering the new condition BOSE QuietComfort 45 ANC/BT closed-back over-ears on sale for $249 in the two color schemes available. There is a limited supply at this price.

As of the time of writing these average 4.5 out of 5 based on 623 customer reviews at B&H. Needless to say, the market of ANC/BT over-ears is hot with all kinds of known, unknown and semi-known brands competing aggressively.

Lately I’ve moved away from over-ear bluetooth headphones (last one I had in rotation was the Sony WH-CH700N (now a previous generation model)) and shifted towards the more utilitarian (and audiophile triggering) truly wireless 🙂

FOCAL Elegia Closed Over-Ears for $329

For a limited time, in the world of audiophile closed-back wired over-ears, Adorama is offering the new condition FOCAL ELEGIA headphones for $329! With a 1-year FOCAL warranty. The price you see is the price you pay. No coupons, no rebates!

At Adorama, this averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 101 customer reviews. They also have 299 answers on the question “Why Did You Chose This” 🙂

I do not know when the sale ends…

Orders placed will ship on Wednesday September 28 in 2022 because Adorama is currently observing the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Go FOCAL Go? 🙂

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless ANC/BT Over-Ears for $230

Good until 9/25/22 at 11:59pm central time, or earlier if sold out, Woot is offering the new condition Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Wireless ANC/BT Over-Ears for $230 plus shipping with a 2-year B&W warranty. Up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. This is in the “Carbon” color scheme.

On-topic action at the Sunday Meh daily deal as well, they offer 2-packs of Aukey Hybrid Active Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbuds for $25 plus shipping. LOL, the wires you see in the picture are from the background, not from the earphones. If you mouse-over or click the picture of the earphones, you see there are no wires. File that as a Meh self-own 🙂

And if you are into all things Elvis, one of the Sunday Kindle ebook daily deals at Amazon is the “Careless Love (Enhanced Edition): The Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Elvis series Book 2) Kindle Edition with Audio/Video” for $3. By Peter Guralnick. December 2014 from Little Brown and Company. Nearly 800 pages. Averages 4.7 out of 5 with nearly 1000 customer ratings.

BUT WAIT, there’s another Kindle ebook daily deal, it’s the “Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii” for $2 by MÃ¥ns Mosesson. 4.8 out of 5 with nearly 600 customer ratings, 423 pages, November 2021 from Sphere.

Refurbished Massdrop x FOCAL Elex for $499 [CAUTION]

This is a deal but with a caution alert as well!

Massdrop is offering refurbished B-stock Massdrop x FOCAL ELEX wired open-back over-ears for $499 with free US shipping. You get a 30-day return window but NO warranty. This is an in-stock drop, so it will ship quickly.

CAUTION however, three of the four published customer reviews over there are complaining of “Ear Cup Death”. Two of the three within 2 days, one on day #28.

So if the price tempts you, research it further in the massdrop forums and other audiophile places. If you hate having to return a product because of problems (and return it in a timely manner because of the 30-day return window), or having to argue with customer service in case they stonewall, you may want to AVOID it!

Massdrop updates: 10% Rewards on select Audiophile products [also: raises free US shipping threshold to $125+]

We have a couple of updates from the world of Massdrop!

First up, for a limited time, select Audiophile products earn 10% back in Massdrop Rewards/Points instead of their usual amount. You will see this on this individual product page of a participating products, it shows how many rewards you earn with it.

If you are not familiar with their rewards program, your purchases earn anywhere from 1% to 5% [Keyboard Club members] in rewards depending on the product type. Massdrop’s own “Studio” products earn 3%, while most others earn 1%. Exceptions and limited time promotions (like the one mentioned in the paragraph above apply).

You also earn 100 points for every product review you submit. You get 100 when you submit your own picture(s) on a product page. The 100 points is per product page, not per individual picture. Otherwise their product listings would become a stock photo website 😉

What you get for the rewards? Every 500 points get you $5 to spend at Massdrop as a discount.

The second item in this update is that free standard US shipping is now $125+, up from $100+. Another sign of the times and the rising costs and things like that.

PS: since I mentioned it above, what is the Drop Keyboard Club (DKC)? It’s a paid annual membership discount program for keyboard lunatics fanatics. You pay $49 per year for the first two years (use coupon code JOINTHECLUB), and then it rises to $69 per year. This gets you monthly discounts (between $30 to $100) to spend on “mech keys gear”. They have a few other benefits as well.

So it looks like Keyboards have defeated Headphones at Massdrop, otherwise they’d have a “Drop Headphones Club” instead of a keyboards club 😉

Tascam TH-300X studio headphones for $40

It’s raining headphones daily deals! Now it’s the turn of the Musician’s Friend, their offer is a recurring one, it is the closed-back wired over-ear Tascam TH-300X studio headphones going for $40 with free US shipping. Offer ends by Monday 9/19/22 at 8am eastern time…